Women's Heart Health Information
"Heart disease is the biggest health threat that women will face: It is the number one killer of women in the United States. The good news is that women’s heart disease is preventable. There are steps women can take early on to reduce the risk through assessment, exercise and nutrition.”
- Dr. Anita Kelsey, director of the Women’s Heart Program at the The Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut.
The Women’s Heart Program is offered free to any woman over 18. It is designed to help women take a proactive approach to heart disease through education and increased awareness. Participants register for an education session provided by a cardiologist, registered nurse, a registered dietitian, and an exercise physiologist. The staff of the Women's Heart Program will assist you in developing individualized goals for reducing your risk of heart disease, making appropriate dietary changes, and beginning a structured exercise program.
What happens at a typical Women Heart event?
- It lasts about 1 ½ hours, and is led by our team of healthcare professionals that includes a cardiologist, exercise physiologist, a registered dietitian, and a nurse.
- The team evaluates your heart risk by looking at your BMI, weight, waist circumference, and blood pressure. Our team may also assess your diet history, any available labs you may have, your physical activity and any other pertinent medical history.
- The dietitian will make heart-healthy recommendations about diet, and the exercise physiologist will make physical activity recommendations to help you meet your goals.
- The staff also provides educational lectures to groups looking for a team wellness approach.